Healx, a company that seeks breakthroughs for rare diseases through artificial intelligence, said it had secured $56 million in Series B financing, led by venture capital firm Atomico and joined by Intel Capital, Global Brain and btov Partners. All previous investors also participated in the round.
The funding will be used to develop Healx’s therapeutic
pipeline and to launch its global Rare Treatment Accelerator programme,
developed in close partnership with patient communities to identify
clinic-ready treatments for rare diseases within 24 months.
Healx was previously on the Accelerate Cambridge programme run by the Entrepreneurship Centre at Cambridge Judge Business School. The company raised £10 million in a Series A funding round last year and is soon to launch clinical trials to test a multiple treatment combination for autism.
Co-founder and CEO Dr Tim Guilliams said: “The size of
this Series B financing, especially this quickly after our Series A round last
year, is an endorsement of the value of our platform and the pace at which we
have developed. It allows us to scale our impact with the launch of our Rare
Treatment Accelerator programme and to progress into clinical trials.”
Healx aims to advance 100 rare disease treatments towards
the clinic by 2025. According to Dr Guilliams, there are 7,000 rare diseases
known today that affect around 400 million patients worldwide, with around 95
per cent of them without approved treatments.